Thursday, May 30, 2013

Delayed Obedience is Disobedience

“When God is speaking, one word is more than enough. He's more interested in your full obedience than your total understanding. –Steven Furtick

The prophet Samuel gave King Saul the word of God, asking him to completely wipe out the Amalekites (1 Sam. 15).  Saul and his men kept the best of the spoils of the war for themselves.  When Samuel asked Saul about this, he first tried to justify his actions.  After Samuel rebuked him, only then did he do as God had asked.  By then, however, it was too late.  God’s favor had already fallen from Saul and his throne given away.  There’s a lesson to be learned: Delayed obedience is still disobedience; be decisive in obeying God.  Of course God mercifully gives second chances, but isn’t it better to get it right the first time?  Don’t delay; be decisive.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6, NLT). 

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